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NFL : ATS Matchup
Sunday 11/3/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore




PITTSBURGH (2 - 5) at NEW ENGLAND (6 - 2)
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Week 9 Sunday, 11/3/2013 4:25 PM
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420NEW ENGLAND-7-5.5
PITTSBURGH - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games2-5-5.22-52-517.97.7322.3(5.5)2.021.913.4302.9(5)0.7
Road Games1-3-2.91-31-318.58.0329.0(5.3)1.520.214.2336.5(5.6)1.2
Last 3 Games2-1+0.62-10-318.77.3296.7(5.1)1.014.311.0277.7(4.9)1.7
Turf Games1-101-10-214.59.5303.0(5.5)
PITTSBURGH - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)17.97.718.730:1821-69(3.3)25-3766.3%253(6.8)58-322(5.5)(18)
Opponents Defensive Avg.24.312.819.631:4027-104(3.8)23-3663.4%245(6.9)63-349(5.6)(14.4)
Offense Road Games18.58.019.731:4020-57(2.8)27-4166.5%272(6.6)61-329(5.3)(17.8)
Defense (All Games)21.913.417.129:4230-122(4)18-3060.4%181(6.1)60-303(5)(13.9)
Opponents Offensive Avg.22.311.518.230:5227-109(4)21-3461.2%226(6.6)61-334(5.5)(15)
Defense Road Games20.214.217.228:2029-138(4.7)17-3156.9%198(6.5)60-336(5.6)(16.6)
PITTSBURGH - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 14-538.1%1-075.0%3-62(19.7)2-22(9.2)6-61
Opponents Avg. Stats For1.10.61.7 14-538.2%1-051.6%3-69(25.2)22-2(10.5)6-56
Stats Against (Road Games) 13-535.8%0-00.0%3-69(23.2)3-21(7.8)6-68

NEW ENGLAND - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games6-2+3.54-43-522.412.6330.0(4.9)
Home Games4-0+43-11-323.212.5304.5(4.5)0.714.27.5325.7(4.9)2.5
Last 3 Games2-1+0.52-12-128.013.7307.7(4.5)1.024.711.3348.3(4.7)2.0
Turf Games5-2+2.23-42-521.313.0313.1(4.6)1.317.38.1330.4(4.8)2.1
NEW ENGLAND - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)22.412.619.729:1229-121(4.1)21-3855.7%209(5.5)67-330(4.9)(14.7)
Opponents Defensive Avg.23.512.519.230:5326-102(3.9)22-3760.7%241(6.6)63-342(5.5)(14.6)
Offense Home Games23.212.518.728:5832-126(3.9)20-3558.6%179(5.1)67-304(4.5)(13.1)
Defense (All Games)18.08.420.632:0231-131(4.2)20-3754.9%215(5.8)68-346(5.1)(19.2)
Opponents Offensive Avg.21.211.619.331:5527-103(3.8)23-3761.3%240(6.5)63-343(5.4)(16.2)
Defense Home Games14.27.519.031:0228-128(4.6)18-3847.4%197(5.1)66-326(4.9)(22.9)
NEW ENGLAND - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.90.51.4214-538.1%1-044.1%2-48(24.2)22-2(9)6-55
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 16-640.5%1-022.2%1-25(19.9)2-17(8.4)7-58
Opponents Avg. Stats For1.20.61.9 15-639.4%1-034.7%2-43(22.8)17-2(7.9)7-58
Stats Against (Home Games) 16-638.1%1-016.7%1-26(17.5)2-17(7.4)6-58
Average power rating of opponents played: PITTSBURGH 18.6,  NEW ENGLAND 18.1
PITTSBURGH - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/16/2013@ CINCINNATI10-20L6.5L40U16-4420-37-234234-12725-45-2800
10/13/2013@ NY JETS19-6W-1.5W40.5U26-7324-31-255020-8319-34-1842
10/27/2013@ OAKLAND18-21L-2.5L40U19-3529-45-241238-19710-19-823
11/3/2013@ NEW ENGLAND            
11/24/2013@ CLEVELAND            
11/28/2013@ BALTIMORE            

NEW ENGLAND - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/8/2013@ BUFFALO23-21W-10L51U35-15829-52-273334-13618-27-1502
9/12/2013NY JETS13-10W-10.5L43.5U24-5419-39-178032-12915-35-1894
9/22/2013TAMPA BAY23-3W-7W44.5U33-15625-36-202122-9719-41-2261
9/29/2013@ ATLANTA30-23W3W49.5O31-13220-31-316015-5834-54-3991
10/6/2013@ CINCINNATI6-13L-2L45.5U18-8218-38-166239-16220-27-1792
10/13/2013NEW ORLEANS30-27W-2.5W51O35-14125-43-235126-13117-36-2302
10/20/2013@ NY JETS27-30L-3L43O20-9022-46-205152-17717-33-2061
11/18/2013@ CAROLINA            
12/1/2013@ HOUSTON            
PITTSBURGH: The Steelers remained pass-heavy under offensive coordinator Todd Haley last year, running out of a lot of spread looks. They essentially use the pass to set up the run, with the backs running almost exclusively between the tackles. They'll rotate backs again this year, with rookie Le'Veon Bell likely to emerge as a lead back. Jonathan Dwyer is less versatile than Bell and could be on his way out of Pittsburgh. Isaac Redman and LaRod Stephens-Howling figure to split passing-down duties in the early going, though Stephens-Howling could end up taking the role full-time at some point. Haley brought more spread looks to Pittsburgh's offense. They go no-huddle frequently, with Ben Roethlisberger trusted to run the offense. Antonio Brown is now their undisputed No. 1 receiver, with the ability to be used deep or as a catch-and-run guy. Emmanuel Sanders is more of a possession receiver and will likely share No. 2 targets with TE Heath Miller. Jerricho Cotchery should see solid playing time as their slot guy, and while rookie Markus Wheaton will be eased in, he should end up seeing significant snaps as their best deep threat. Only the Saints skewed more pass-heavy in goal-to-go situations than Pittsburgh (64.6% of snaps). Despite a host of injuries in 2012, the Steelers still led the NFL in yardage defense (276 YPG) and passing defense (185 YPG), while finishing sixth in scoring defense (19.6 PPG). Rookie OLB Jarvis Jones makes the team younger and faster, as does CB Cortez Allen, 24, replacing the departed Keenan Lewis. Pittsburgh still has plenty of productive veterans though, like 32-year-old S Troy Polamalu and DE Brett Keisel, 34. Per usual, the team's linebackers are relentless, with OLB LaMarr Woodley and ILB Lawrence Timmons.
NEW ENGLAND: New England is consistently middle-of-the-pack in run/pass ratio, and that should hold this year. Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels' running game is a power scheme heavy on man blocking, and No. 1 back Stevan Ridley is a nice fit. However, Ridley's fumble-itis is an issue. Shane Vereen will get a lot of reps and is a better weapon in the passing game. The additions of Donald Jones and Michael Jenkins and re-signing of Julian Edelman, three solid blocking receivers, suggest they might test the perimeter more often. They also find work for a third back, either LeGarrette Blount or Brandon Bolden. The Patriots' passing game has become more and more spread. The tight ends, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, remain the focal points of the passing game when they're on the field, but both were doubtful for Week 1 when we went to press. Hernandez (legal trouble) is a moveable chess piece while Gronkowski (forearm injury) plays in-line and is often called upon to protect. Danny Amendola steps into the Wes Welker role and figures to lead the team in targets as long as he remains healthy. He'll likely slide outside when they play three wide. Rookie Aaron Dobson has a chance to see a lot of snaps on the outside. The Pats had more goal-to-go snaps than any NFL team last year, and skewed run-heavy with them. The Patriots finished T-9th in scoring defense in 2012, and led the NFL with 32 forced and 21 recovered fumbles, thanks to a stellar corps of linebackers anchored by LBs Jerod Mayo and Dont'a Hightower. A healthy DE Chandler Jones has Pro Bowl potential, and DT Vince Wilfork is still a monster. The secondary hasn't been good for a long time, but the addition of S Adrian Wilson and the healthy return of CB Aqib Talib will certainly help.
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*Steelers-Patriots Preview* ===========================


The New England Patriots sit atop the AFC East, yet Tom Brady thinks they can do better.

The Pittsburgh Steelers, on the other hand, definitely need some improvement.

Brady and the Patriots look to show some consistency and remain unbeaten at home by capitalizing on a meeting with the sputtering Steelers on Sunday.

New England (6-2) leads the second-place New York Jets by two games in the division, despite some uncharacteristically lowly numbers from Brady.

The future Hall of Famer is completing 55.7 percent of his passes with nine touchdowns, six interceptions and a 74.9 passer rating - 20.7 below his career mark.

He was even worse while the Patriots split their last four games, converting 52.3 percent of his attempts for 810 yards with two TDs, four picks and a 61.6 rating.

"We're trying," Brady said. "There are a lot of things we can do better."

Getting off to a stronger start is surely one of them. The Patriots rebounded from an atrocious first half last week, scoring 17 points in the third quarter to rally for a 27-17 victory over Miami that improved them to 4-0 at home.

Brady was one of the main culprits during the slow start, connecting on 6 of 8 passes for 25 yards with an INT while the offense totaled 59 yards.

Still, the Steelers (2-5) aren't getting caught up in Brady's unusually meager statistics.

"You can pick apart his numbers, but the only one that matters is 6-2," safety Ryan Clark said. "When you give Tom Brady a chance to win a football game, he's going to do it."

He's certainly done that against Pittsburgh, tossing 16 touchdowns with three interceptions while winning six of eight meetings, including both in the postseason. He's also won both matchups at Gillette Stadium, but the most recent came back on Dec. 9, 2007.

Protecting Brady, who's been sacked 23 times already - four fewer than all of last season - falls to an offensive line that will be without Sebastian Vollmer.

The right tackle was lost for the season with a right leg injury last week and is expected to be replaced by Marcus Cannon, who has started only one of 31 career games over three seasons.

The Steelers, though, have managed just 10 sacks, one more than league-worst Chicago. However, their defense ranks fourth in the NFL, yielding an average of 302.9 yards, including 181.0 through the air.

"They have a good defense and the way we've been playing offensively, we can't be up and down like we've been," Brady said. "We have to be more consistent. Hopefully this is our best week to be able to do that."

Pittsburgh is also looking to bounce back after following a pair of wins with a 21-18 loss at Oakland last week. Coach Mike Tomlin isn't dwelling on the performance, which included 276 yards of offense and only 35 rushing.

"Our record is our record," Tomlin said. "There's nothing that we can do about what has been played."

Like the Patriots last week, the Steelers have been victimized by slow starts. They've been outscored 54-19 in the first quarter after trailing 15-0 versus the Raiders.

Pittsburgh, trying to climb out of the AFC North basement, is tied for 27th in the league in scoring, averaging 17.9 points.

"The starts of games don't determine the outcomes of games," Tomlin said. "We need to keep that in mind as we prepare, too. I don't want to get lulled into a sense of comfort if we should go up to New England and come out and have a successful start. We've got to play football for 60 minutes and winning football."

Ben Roethlisberger will try to rebound from perhaps his worst performance of the season. He completed 29 of 45 passes for 275 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions for a season-low 70.1 rating.

His seven picks are just one shy of his total from last season, and he's facing a Patriots defense that has seven of its 10 INTs at home. The unit is fifth in the league with 215.5 passing yards allowed per contest, but 31st against the run (130.8).

That could mean a big day for rookie Le'Veon Bell, who mustered 24 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries last week.

The Steelers won their last road meeting with New England on Nov. 30, 2008, but the Patriots have gone 34-3 at home during the regular season since that loss.

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